Usage examples for pickaxe

  1. Plans and specifications showing its extent and magnificence have been continually before the board for the last month; and in such repute have been a smashed door- sill or an old arch, that freshmen have now abandoned conic sections for crowbars, and instead of the " Principia" have taken up the pickaxe. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. While parts of the Via Appia remain perfect after upwards of twenty centuries, the streets of London are torn to pieces year after year; and it might melt a heart of stone- if stone possessed a heart- to see the granite continually disturbed by the remorseless pickaxe. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  3. And then he set to with pickaxe and hands, and worked hard; he did almost as much work as the two of us together. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  4. In this form it can easily be loosened with a pickaxe, and shoveled into cars to be carried to the mill. – Diggers in the Earth by Eva March Tappan
  5. A sacred pickaxe was the emblem of their faith: its fashioning was wrought with quaint rites and its custody was a matter of great moment. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  6. We now found two clean holes punched through the iron as though driven by a sharp pickaxe. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  7. As he approached near to Gortnaclough, he came upon one of those gangs of road- destroyers who were now at work everywhere, earning their pittance of " yellow meal" with a pickaxe and a wheelbarrow. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  8. I think they had been chopping something with a pickaxe and had got through. – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett
  9. They took a sack with them, and Randal carried a pickaxe and a spade. – The Gold Of Fairnilee by Andrew Lang
  10. He worked very hard, and when he was in the trench up to his knees, his pickaxe struck against a stone. – The Gold Of Fairnilee by Andrew Lang
  11. Our present Prime Minister, a " younger son," went out in his youth,- as others of his class have done,- with his pickaxe, to Australia, to rank for a time among " diggers" until called home by the death of the elder son, the heir to the title and estate. – Native Races and the War by Josephine Elizabeth Butler
  12. One of the thirty generations of the Eerlyks read one day in the newspaper: " Last week, while digging a very deep canal, some workman struck his pickaxe against timbers that were black with age, and nearly as hard as stone. – Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks by William Elliot Griffis
  13. The crocuses couldn'tbe coaxed to come up, even with a pickaxe. – Backlog Studies by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 23, 2009
  14. Here are your Magic Axe and your Magic Pickaxe. – The Magic Soap Bubble by David Cory
  15. At length Sandy's pickaxe got hold of a stone which he could not move, do what he would. – Gutta-Percha Willie by George MacDonald
  16. The first blow of the pickaxe, and the washing of the first cradleful furnishes him with an estimate of his harvest for the day; since he has only to measure his gains by the speed of his labour. – A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas by Fanny Loviot
  17. At length Wolfert saw that Sam could be certain of nothing, and as he had brought neither spade nor pickaxe nor lantern with him, decided that he had better content himself with taking notes of the place, and return to dig some other day. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  18. The adventurer with a pickaxe in Washoe may happen upon like good fortune. – Backlog Studies by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 23, 2009
  19. It would be easy to get ladder and pickaxe and break open the rock until the nest was reached, but why disturb these lovely birds? – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs